Addressing the protection gap for pandemic risk


Lucia Mullen

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Senior Analyst, Center for Health Security


Ms. Mullen is a Senior Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary interests include health security policy, outbreak preparedness and response, bioterrorism, and public health planning for mass gatherings. Ms. Mullen is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Novel Coronavirus-19 Mass Gatherings Expert Group and a focal point to the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network for the Johns Hopkins University. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Mullen developed a variety of risk-based tools and guidance, including self-assessments and decision trees, for international organizations, policy leaders, and other stakeholders to help them with their decision-making processes. As part of the WHO Novel Coronavirus-19 Mass Gatherings Expert Group, Ms. Mullen produced generic, sport, and religious mass gathering risk assessments and mitigation checklists for event organizers, which are available on the WHO website. Ms. Mullen has provided technical expertise to the United Nations to help them make risk-informed decisions on which critical events needed to be held, modified, postponed, or canceled during the pandemic. Ms. Mullen also led the development of the Operational Toolkit for Business Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in Covid-19 for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Before joining the Center, Ms. Mullen worked for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, contributing to projects dedicated to improving international and national efforts to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear deliberate events. Her work included the development and implementation of training modules and a complimentary assessment tool for the Joint External Evaluation, which enables member states to determine their level of readiness for chemical or biological deliberate events. Ms. Mullen also contributed to the revision of the 2004 Public Health Response to Biological and Chemical Weapons: WHO Guidance. Ms. Mullen earned an Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity fellowship in 2018 through the Center for Health Security. Before that, she received an MPH in epidemiology with a concentration in global health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2017. During her studies, Ms. Mullen worked for the Irish Department of Health’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre on the development of a national screening guideline for hepatitis C viral disease. Prior to that, Ms. Mullen earned a BS in molecular and cell biology from Texas A&M University in 2015. During this time, she worked for WHO supporting national ministries of health with their preparedness efforts for mass gatherings.

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